A Severe Warning! If Allaah Wills, He Can Replace a People With Others Who Are Better!
Allaah [The Most High] said:
إِن يَشَأْ يُذْهِبْكُمْ أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ وَيَأْتِ بِآخَرِينَ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ ذَٰلِكَ قَدِيرًا
If He wills, He can take you away, O people, and bring others. And Allah is Ever All-Potent over that. [4:133]
Imaam As-Sadi (rahimahullaah) said:
That is because Allaah is [ٱلْغني (The Independent One Who is free from all need), ٱلْحميد (The One Who is Deservedly Praised)], Who has absolute (or all encompassing) power over them.
[إِن يَشَأْ يُذْهِبْكُمْ أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ وَيَأْتِ بِآخَرِينَ – If He wills, He can take you away, O people, and bring others], and they will be more obedient to Allaah than you and better than you. In this there is a threat against the people due to their disbelief and turning away from their Lord, for indeed Allaah is not burdened by them in anything if they are not obedient to Him, rather He gives (them) time and respite, and not that He is negligent [Free is From All Imperfections, Faults, Deficiencies etc]. [Ref 1]
Imaam Ash-Shanqeetee (rahimahullaah) said:
Allaah [The Most High] stated at the time of the revelation of this Noble Ayah that if He wills, He can take away a people who are present and replace them with others. And He established this proof in other places (in the Qur’aan) that He did take away those before them and brought others as a replacement, saying:
إِن يَشَأْ يُذْهِبْكُمْ وَيَسْتَخْلِفْ مِن بَعْدِكُم مَّا يَشَاءُ كَمَا أَنشَأَكُم مِّن ذُرِّيَّةِ قَوْمٍ آخَرِينَ
If He will, He can destroy you, and in your place make whom He will as your successors, as He raised you from the seed of other people. [6:133]
And Allaah [The Most High] stated in another (place in the Qur’aan) that if they turn away (from Islaam and obedience to Him), He can replace them with others and those other people will not be like those who have been replaced, rather they will be better than them. [Allaah (The Most High)] said:
وَإِن تَتَوَلَّوْا يَسْتَبْدِلْ قَوْمًا غَيْرَكُمْ ثُمَّ لَا يَكُونُوا أَمْثَالَكُم
And if you turn away (from Islam and the obedience of Allah), He will exchange you for some other people, and they will not be your likes. [47:38] [Ref 2]
[Ref 1: Source: Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan. Publisher: Daar Ibn Hazm’ 1st ed. 1424AH (Year 2003). Trans: Abridged & slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: Source: Tafseerul Qur’aan Bil-Qur’aan Min Adwaa’il Bayaan’ Publisher: Daar Al-Hadiy An-Nabawiy’ 2nd edition 1431 AH (year 2010). page 125. Trans: Abridged and slightly paraphrased]